Friday, April 29: Eight's Not Enough
A fun-filled evening of theater from the McLean Community
Players as they perform "Cheaper by the
Dozen," the story of efficiency experts Frank
and Lillian Gilbreth and their 12 children, growing up
in Montclair, New Jersey. 8 p.m. Alden
Theatre at McLean Community Center. $15/adults,
$13/residents, seniors and students. For information
Saturday, April 30: A House Divided
Genealogist Marie Varrelman Melchiori will host a
"Did Grandpa Wear Grey or Blue? Civil War Records at the
National Archives," guiding participants on how
to use the National Archives records to uncover their own
Civil War ancestry. The lecture will look at the commonly
used Union Compiled Military Service Records, Registers of
Enlistments, Enlistment Papers and pension files. 10 a.m.
Carlyle House. $15 ($12 in advance). To register
or for more information call 703-549-2997.
Also on Saturday:
Lady's Slipper Walk: Join a naturalist for a
leisurely stroll to a display of wild orchids at Roundtree
Park in Falls Church. 1 to 1:45 p.m. Hidden Oaks Nature
Center. For reservations, call 703-941-1065.
Tai Chi Day: Demonstrations and mini-classes of
Taijiquan (Tai Chi), Qigong (Chi Kung) and yoga. 10 a.m.
Meadowlark Botanical Gardens. For information call
Sunday, May 1: Gone Fishin'
Four-time Grammy award nominee,
Trout Fishing in America, is one of the most
successful children’s musical groups around. Their eclectic
folk/rock sound can be heard on popular songs like “My Hair
Had a Party Last Night,” “18 Wheels on a Big Rig,” and “When
I Was a Dinosaur.” 3 p.m. Center Stage at Reston Community
Center. $30 ($15/residents of Small District 5). For
information call 703-476-4500.
Also on Sunday:
May Day Baskets: Join the tradition of making a May
basket and fill it with flowers to hang on the front door of
friends or neighbors as a May Day surprise. Learn to identify
some wildflowers and make art with flowers.This program is
suited for children 4 to 8. 1:30 p.m. Hidden Oaks Nature
Center. $5/child. Register
online or call 703-222-4664. For information, call
American Woodland Walk: Enjoy a guided tour of the
Potomac Valley Native Plant Collection, with emphasis on the
many uses Native Americans made of these plants for
successful survival before Europeans arrived in the Americas.
Tour is free and open to the public. 2 p.m. Meadowlark
Botanical Gardens. For information call
The Fairfax County Weekender highlights a selection of
county events taking place each weekend. Many more events
and activities can be found at the Parks and
pages, and elsewhere on the Fairfax County website.
A complete list of county calendars is also available online.
To request this information in an alternate format, call
703-324-3187, TTY 711.
TTY is 711 unless otherwise indicated.